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Magnesium



Magnesium is definitely one of my favourite minerals - so many of us are low in this essential mineral and by increasing our consumption of it and supplementing when required I have both in practice and personally noticed improvements in mood, stress levels, sleep, headaches, ache and pains and cramping – just to name a few.

When I was pregnant with both my boys I knew when I needed more magnesium … my body gave me the painful reminder in the middle of the night with leg cramps that truly felt like someone had put my calf (or foot) in a vice and was tightening it as hard as they could! Ouch!!! Sound familiar to anyone??

Magnesium itself is involved in over 300 metabolic reactions including energy production and the synthesis of essential molecules. It plays a structural role in bone development (Calcium isn’t the only mineral you need for strong bones) and ion transport across cell membranes (so really important for muscle contraction {hello pregnancy cramps}, heart rhythm and nerve impulses).

From a disease point of view we often look at risks of low magnesium in areas such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, strokes, osteoporosis, migraines and asthma.

We can increase our Magnesium consumption by eating more green leafy vegetables (magnesium is part of chlorophyll which is found in the green pigment of the plants – so think spinach, broccoli, swiss chard cabbage, kale), wholegrains such as brown rice, legumes and nuts such as almonds or peanuts.

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